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Willie Nelson, Joe Ely, Marcia Ball, Tish Hinojosa, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett...the list of popular songwriters from Texas just goes on and on. In this collection of thirty-four interviews with these and other songwriters, Kathleen Hudson pursues the stories behind the songs, letting the singers' own words describe where their songs come from and how the diverse, eclectic cultures, landscapes, and musical traditions of Texas inspire the creative process. Conducted in dance halls, dressing rooms, parking lots, clubs-wherever the musicians could take time to tell their stories-the interviews are refreshingly spontaneous and vivid. Hudson draws out the songwriters on such topics as the sources of their songs, the influence of other musicians on their work, the progress of their careers, and the nature of Texas music. Many common threads emerge from these stories, while the uniqueness of each songwriter becomes equally apparent. To round out the collection, Hudson interviews Larry McMurtry and Darrell Royal for their perspectives as longtime friends and fans of Texas musicians. She also includes a brief biography and discography of each songwriter.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780292731363
ISBN-10: 0292731361
Format: Paperback
(5830mm x 3895mm x 18mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: University of Texas Press
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publish Date: 15-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kathleen Hudson

Kathleen Hudson is the founding director of the Texas Heritage Music Foundation, located at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas, where she also teaches English.

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